Fantastic Beasts 3 | Latest Release Date, Production, and Major Changes in Cast

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Warner Bros production Fantastic Beasts 3 has had its fair share of changes from a new Grindelwald to the latest release date. Now, the franchise fans are keeping their fingers crossed and praying for the smooth production of the movie until its release. 

This untitled movie is a sequel to the film Fantastic Beasts and The Crimes of Grindelwald, where we saw Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore making attempts to take down Grindelwald, the Voldemort of Fantastic Beasts franchise in 1972. The wizarding world in this movie franchise is very different and diverse from earlier wizard movies such as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Growing up, Harry Potter and the never-ending spells were my favorite part of the wizarding world, and now Fantastic Beasts is also a part of it. With Fantastic Beasts 3, the secrets and the story of the wizarding world will make more sense to the Potter head fans, and we cannot wait for 2022 to come and watch the movie. 

Like all the other movies, this untitled Fantastic Beasts film is also expected to make a big hit at the box office and add more charms to the Harry Potter and the Wizarding World franchise. 

The Exciting Journey of Fantastic Beasts 3 

Fantastic Beasts 3

Things are rolling again for the Fantastic Beasts franchise with a new actor replacing Johnny Depp as the evil Grindelwald, also known as the Voldemort of this Harry Potter prequel franchise. Hopefully, things will get better for this third movie installment both at the box office and the big screen, with production going underway.

Fantastic Beasts 3 Release Date 

Fantastic Beasts 3 was initially supposed to release in mid of 2021, but that did not go as planned for two primary reasons. One reason is the global pandemic that affected the production and release of each movie and TV series set to release in these two years, and the other was Johnny Depp’s departure from the movie as Grindelwald. 

As Johnny Depp had already shot a significant part of the movie as Grindelwald, it wasn’t easy for the team to find a new replacement and shot the sequences from scratch in such a short time. Although Warner Bros quickly hired Mads Mikkelsen as the new Grindelwald, completing the shoot was still a challenging task. 

Mads Mikkelsen: Fantastic Beasts 3

Apart from Mads Mikkelsen coming in as the new Grindelwald, everything seems to be working according to the plan. The Crimes of Grindelwald did not receive a good welcome at the box office, so it’s a good thing that Warner Bros is taking a good time with the production of Fantastic Beasts 3. 

The movie is set to release on July 15, 2022, after being pushed for almost two years. First, the film was supposed to release after a two-year gap in November 2020, but Warner Bros moved the production to March 2021. After that, we already know the reasons why it could not be released in November 2021. 

Johnny Depp’s Exit from Fantastic Beasts 3

Johnny Depp: Fantastic Beasts 3

Johnny Depp was replaced by Mads Mikkelsen from the film franchise after his case against Sun Publisher was dismissed in court. The case judge did so because what was published in the newspaper report was found to be partially true. 

In a 2018 article by the Sun Publisher, the headline read that “How can JK Rowling be genuinely happy casting wife-beater, Johnny Depp, in the new Fantastic Beasts film?” Following the article, Depp filed a defamation case against the News Group Newspapers in the U.K. case. 

After losing the case, he didn’t get fired but instead asked to step down from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise as the evil wizard Grindelwald. Johnny will still receive the entire payment for his role from Warner Bros, irrespective of his participation in the movie, making it a costly project for WB. 

However, Warner Bros could not afford another controversy around the movie after JK Rowling’s previous anti-trans statements made a good show at the headlines. It was best for them to let Johnny Depp go, as this controversy could have affected the franchise very severely. 

Mads Mikkelsen in Fantastic Beasts 3

Mads Mikkelsen: Fantastic Beasts 3

Now we will see Mads Mikkelsen, the Hannibal actor reviving the role of Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3. Talking to Sunday Times about his part, the actor revealed his feelings after being offered the position, and he decided to take it. “They called me, and they were obviously in a hurry, and I loved the script and so said yes,” says Mikkelsen. 

The actor also shares the sudden decision may sound controversial to many people, but this is how it works out once in a while. Mikkelsen also shared that the movie was inevitable, it was bound to release, and a replacement was a must after Johnny Depp wasn’t involved anymore. He also says that if he had the chance, he would have talked to him (Depp) about the role, but he couldn’t because he didn’t know him in that sense. 

About playing Grindelwald in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts 3, Mikkelsen said that he would have a different take on the character, and his look will also be different from Johnny Depp’s. He will not be copying what Depp did as Mads thinks he is a wonderful actor, and doing that would be committing creative suicide. 

Mikkelsen says that he had to come up with something of his own that would create a bridge between his and Depp’s portrayal of Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3. 

Summary:

The untitled Fantastic Beasts 3 will add more diversification into Mads Mikkelsen’s brilliant career and land him more significant opportunities in the future. The movie also features the legendary icon and Mikkelsen’s fellow actor Harrison Ford from Star Wars and the Indiana Jones franchises.